We all know very well that we get way too many emails. No one talks anymore. Even emails may be too last century at this point. Emails are too long for many. Text messages may be the method by which most prefer to communicate. But how can we live without emails? we work from home. We work in the showers and baths. We work on trains and in cars. Most, if not all, feel overwhelmed by all this constant communication.
I decided to look at my emails collectively. I wanted to do a census. I have three email accounts I use (in some way or the other) in some consistent manner. Across the three accounts, I had 32,210 emails in one moment in time. I looked at it all and was shocked that somehow I haven’t gone insane or sent crazy responses out in return. For some inexplicable reason, I haven’t missed many of the emails. Actually, it’s not inexplicable. I work a lot. I work hard. I don’t stop working the second I leave the work building. Some may say I’m insane or an idiot or both. It is completely possible to be both. I’ve seen it for sure. But I don’t believe I am either.
I think I need to delete some of my emails.
There are some people who completely amaze me in that they easily delete their emails. They read the email, act on it and then delete it. I don’t have that type of discipline. I read them, flag some for follow up and then move on to the next email. I delete mass emails. And I delete obnoxious emails that would set me off. I delete them as an act of self-preservation in that I don’t want to get and stay annoyed. I delete emails that could possibly cause me to send a nasty one back in return. Such an act helps me stay sane, centered, and seemingly nice. But otherwise, I let emails stay in my email bank.
Here’s the thing, I figure that its safe and best for me to keep emails. You never know when you need proof of something. It is amazing how people will send certain items via email. even after watching on television shows and news shows how many have been brought down by an email that they sent. I try to limit what I send out but keep a rather large email library. But 32,000 emails? And that is just going to grow. That is actually a rather small amount of emails compared to past workplaces and the like. I would love to just delete them all in one fell swoop.
But I just can’t seem to hit that delete all option. I should just tweet going forward. Tweet all my thoughts and directives. And maybe one day I’ll get to be President. I can go for that.